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Perfection is overrated!

Sheila Walsh Its Okay bookWhen someone asks you how you are doing, do you ever wish you could scream, “I’M NOT OKAY!!!” instead of the generic, “I’m fine”?Well, for the past two weeks I have been reviewing a book by Sheila Walsh called, “It’s okay not to be okay.” Today I will be discussing this book and my thoughts on it. If you enjoy it, please make sure to share this, and comment below with something that really stood out to you.

 

 

 

 

In this day and age, especially as women, we tend to compare ourselves with others, and look at what we don’t have verses what we have been given. In the first half of the book Walsh shares that God doesn’t expect us to be perfect, He doesn’t even want us to be okay, all He ask of us is to trust Him with our lives and take each day one step at a time. Mrs. Sheila writes, “You don’t have to be perfect, just present. You can pour out your what-ifs to the Lord. When you take a step and things seem to go wrong, God is working, God is faithful, and God is a God of grace.” One of my favorite verses in the bible is Romans 8:28, “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.”* It doesn’t say that everything in life will be good; but what it does say is that God will cause what was bad in our lives to turn around for our good. So that child abuse? God didn’t cause it, but later in life you will meet someone who was or is currently being abused and you can tell them that life may seem like it’s over, but there will be a brighter day! Isn’t that awesome?!?! What about losing someone you love dearly? Yes, they may have died, but instead of asking why it happened, what about asking yourself how you can bring glory to God and share his love with others during this time? I know it looks bad, and I have seen my fair share of heartache and pain – whether in my own life, or in the lives of those close to me.

Mrs. Sheila ends each chapter with exercises to help you put into practice what you just read. These are really great, and I encourage you to do each one of them. About three weeks ago I lost a dear friend of mine, and this book couldn’t not have come at a better time. Doing the exercises at the end has really helped me during this time, and I have been able to really grieve well without getting lost in deep depression. In chapter seven Mrs. Sheila says something that I think really sums up the book as a whole, “Christ meets us where we are. He doesn’t leave us there, but that’s where our journey begins. What’s not okay is to pretend you are okay when you’re not. Moving forward takes courage, but you will never walk one step of that journey by yourself. Christ is always with us.” Throughout the book she talks about journey and taking steps toward our healing. I not only believe this is a book every human being on the face of this earth needs to read this, but I think by applying these tools she implements, we will start to see a difference in our churches and communities and begin to see true change all around us.

Get your copy of Sheila Walsh’ new book, “It’s Okay Not To Be Okay” today at Amazon, or wherever books are sold. Remember to share this, comment below with something that stood out to you, and have an awesome day!

 

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Which would you choose?

 

“We read to know we’re not alone.”  — William Nicholson, Shadowlands

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For all my book readers, today i would like to focus on you. When i was a kid i used to love to read, and as i got older, it became harder for me to read because i couldn’t stay focused and had a hard time with reading some of the words. Little did i know, I had a mild form of dyslexia and generalized anxiety. It became so big a problem that i quit reading when i was 11 and didn’t pick up another book till i was 23. The reason i started reading again was because while i was working at Walt Disney World, i came upon a book by Patricia Cornwell. She is an author who writes about crime/mystery fiction. The book i started reading was called Predator and it only took me six days to read it. I was surprised because not only did it capture my attention, but i was able to read it with very few problems reading the words. I guess you could say Cornwell really changed my life! Now, her books can get gruesome because it deals with serial killers, the FBI, and the main character is a Chief Medical Examiner (CME). However, She is one of the few authors who write stories as 90 percent factual and 10 percent inspiration – I believe that is how she worded it, but don’t quote me on it…you can go to her site and view all about her. After reading her books, I came across another author, Dee Henderson, she is a lot like Patricia in her writing but is a christian crime/mystery fiction author, and she is just as phenomenal.

When i was thinking of an alternative for day 15 of my everyday inspiration class, the first quote i wanted to discuss was the above because truly it was a life changing experience. I now have the confidence to sit down and enjoy a good book, and as a kid i was a bit awkward, so i had a hard time making friends – and frankly i still do -, but since i found my love of books, i can now create whole worlds with my imagination. So, tell me what book has become life changing for you? If you can’t think of one, then as a reader, where do you like to sit down with a good book? Let us know in the comments below.